"My works and my choice of colors express my imagination and my feelings. Hill tribe kids have their own identity, which I find greatly interesting."
"My name is Oraphat Phuruangraengphol and I was born on November 9, 1972 in Chachoengsao. I moved to Bangkok when I was 13 years old, where I graduated with a Bachelor's degree, majoring in arts communication. I moved again, this time to Chiang Mai and I love it up here. It is a nice area, with a strong cultural and traditional identity.
"I am a joyful person. I like reading, photography, traveling, searching for new knowledge. I am happy to be able to do the things I love, especially creating artworks.
"I believe in Buddhism and adhere to the Thai culture. I like to go to temples and ancient places, and I do merit by giving food alms to Buddhist monks.
"My works and my choice of colors express my imagination and my feelings. Hill tribe kids have their own identity, which I find greatly interesting. That is why I decided to represent them and their identity through my own style and colors. However, I will continue creating what impresses me, developing and improving my style and varying the themes and subjects as time passes."
Popular People and Portraits Naif Up to 20 Inch Paintings
Dressed in the style of Thailand's Akha people, a smiling girl stands beside a cheerful white elephant. "I wanted to transmit feelings of happiness," says artist Oraphat. The Akha hill tribe... Read More
A wild bird perches without fear on a little girl's outstretched arm. Representing freedom, the child comes from the Akha hill tribe, living in Thailand's northern hills. This is a proud and timeless... Read More
Poised in colorful elegance, a girl models the legendary costume of the Karen hill tribe people. Oraphat depicts her in bright colors and a charming naïf style. The Karen are renowned for their... Read More
Dressed in the style of Thailand's Akha people, a smiling girl holds a flower. Oraphat depicts the charming child in bright colors and naïf style. The Akha hill tribe lives in Thailand's northern... Read More